Er­tu­gral plays down ti­tle glory

CityPress - - Sport - TIM­O­THY MOLOBI tim­o­thy@city­press.co.za

Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Muhsin Er­tu­gral has down­played his team’s chances of go­ing all the way to win the Absa Premier­ship ti­tle.

After de­thron­ing log lead­ers Bid­vest Wits from the sum­mit of the log on Fri­day, Er­tu­gral said it was still too early to talk about chal­leng­ing for the hon­ours.

Aces came out vic­to­ri­ous 2-1, cour­tesy of Collins Mbe­suma’s brace, which took his league goal tally to 10 so far this cam­paign.

Er­tu­gral said their aim was to win the Q2-In­no­va­tion to re­ward the play­ers’ ef­forts so far this sea­son.

“We are not think­ing that far, to be hon­est. Our aim is to win the QIn­no­va­tion, and I think these play­ers de­serve it; they have worked hard for it,” said the for­mer Kaizer Chiefs tac­ti­cian.

With a game to go in Q2, Aces’ 15point haul keeps them well in con­tention for the quar­terly R1.5 mil­lion prize. But AmaZay­oni will be hop­ing their near­est ri­vals, Mamelodi Sun­downs, who were on 13 be­fore last night’s game against strug­gling Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria, drop points along the way.

Wits’ coach, Gavin Hunt, lamented his side’s missed op­por­tu­ni­ties as their down­fall on the night. He said his team had com­mit­ted school­boy er­rors in al­low­ing Aces’ goals and said it was un­ac­cept­able at this level.

“We should have had four or five goals in the open­ing half, as we had them on the back foot, but we missed. Their goal­keeper was also great – but it was one of those games,” said Hunt.

Mean­while, Mbe­suma be­lieves he can go all the way to claim the top-scorer award.

How­ever, he said he was not un­der pres­sure to re­peat what he did in the 2004/05 sea­son, when he net­ted 35 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“For now I am happy that the team is do­ing well, and it is not just about me. I am happy I have been scor­ing and I will take each game as it comes,” said the Zam­bian hit man.

PHOTO: SAMUEL SHIV­AMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

TOP 10 Collins Mbe­suma has found the back of the net 10 times in the league so far

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